January 2016 Newsletter
Please Join us at the next
 MLRC  Coalition meeting
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
10 am -12 noon
(First Tuesday of the month)
National MS Society Office, 101A First St, Waltham
call in option available at (641) 715-3580 , access code 753-941

Guest Speaker:

Call in option always available at 641-715-3580 #753-941
For Employers 
Employee Caregiving Needs Assessment and Support Services Offered:
Providing a Strategy to Reduce Stress and Cost
The Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition (MLRC) is offering businesses the opportunity to prevent and reduce costs incurred by employees with caregiving responsibilities that hinder productivity at work. We are designing and implementing an employee survey aimed at assessing the impact of caregiver responsibility on workers. Based on survey results, the MLRC will work with you to identify and provide the best mix of caregiving worker supports aimed at reducing caregiver stress. Caregiver supports include stress reduction tools and respite options to workers and managers who benefit from training so that they can better support their team members.

Upcoming MLRC Events 
MLRC Coalition Meeting/Speaker Series
Tuesday. February 2 10 am
Greater New England MS Society, 101A First Ave, Waltham 
works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

Dania Jekel, MSW, Director of the Asperger/Autism Network will present on the AANE

febpanelStudio Audience invited for February Panel Discussion:
The Memory Cafe Movement in Massachusetts 

Tuesday, February 2 , 6 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont

A memory café is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. Memory cafés meet at a variety of places including coffeehouses, museums, or community organizations.
Each memory café is different. Some cafés invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. But all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other's company, and to explore something new. 

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition | www.MassRespite.org